Acupuncture Relieves COPD: Scientific Research

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly called COPD, has become the number three disease killer, behind cardiovascular disease and cancer. COPD is a progressive disease. It just gets worse, and mainstream medicine has no cure.

Medical doctors usually recommend smoking cessation and offer pharmaceutical inhaler drugs with dangerous side effects or portable oxygen bottles to breathe in straight pharmaceutical oxygen with a mask. Managing the disease is the medical establishment’s theme, not curing it. The last resort for COPD is a lung transplant.

COPD occurs mostly among smokers. But constantly breathing in toxic air from chemical pollutants or asbestos filaments can cause what appears to the medical establishment as permanent lung damage and/or COPD.

COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, but asthma is not under the COPD umbrella. Asthma usually occurs among children with other auto-immune allergies and is considered more manageable. Some kids whose asthma is mostly psychosomatic induced even “outgrow it.” This author knows from personal experience. But COPD occurs later in life, usually without other auto-immune baggage, and worsens with age.

Shortness of breath or dyspnea (pronounced disp-NEE-uh) and wheezing are common to all of these lung disorders. Asthmatics usually have drier coughs than COPD sufferers whose coughing produces phlegm. There is crossover of toxic medications prescribed for most of their shared symptoms, though not all of them are interchangeable.

While it’s not uncommon for COPD sufferers to be breathing from oxygen bottles, that situation is virtually non-existent among asthmatics. In addition to their major mortality rate differences, there are slight structural differences between COPD and asthma.

Asthmatics suffer from constricted bronchial tubes during attacks, but this condition is not necessarily chronic from day to day. COPD sufferers with emphysema have lost lung airway elasticity and the airway tubes of COPD chronic bronchitis sufferers are thicker. COPD symptoms are chronic and are experienced in varying degrees daily, as the name implies.

A Japanese Study On Applying Acupuncture To COPD Sufferers

A few years ago in Japan’s Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, their Department of Respiratory Medicine conducted a double-blind placebo trial among 68 COPD sufferers, all on medications, using acupuncture on half and sham or placebo acupuncture on the other.

Both the sham and real acupuncture sessions were performed once a week for 12 weeks. Before and after the 12-week period, all subjects were tested for “dyspenia on exertion” (DOE) after a six-minute walk. They used a Borg scale to calculate the perceived intensity of exertion on the walk.

The researchers discovered that the acupuncture group had higher Borg scores, indicating they were able to exert and tolerate more exercise, while exhibiting less DOE or shortness of breath after the walk than the placebo or sham acupuncture group.

They concluded that acupuncture would be a useful adjunct for relieving dyspenia with conventional medical treatment.

Conclusion From A NaturalNews Perspective

Why continue using toxic treatments with effective non-toxic treatments? This trial, though admirable, did not include any of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) other tools – herbal remedies. There are some TCM practitioners who rely heavily on acupuncture, but most incorporate Chinese herbs as well.

There are also some Western supplements that have demonstrated a capacity to remove hardened tissues and resolve inflammation. One of them is a proteolytic or protease enzyme from the silkworm known as Serrapeptase.

Serrapeptase is capable of breaking down proteins and accumulations of inflamed scar tissues and mucous. It is a uniquely powerful proteolytic enzyme that is accessible and not priced out of range.

There is quite a story involving a man with severe enough COPD emphysema to need a wheelchair equipped with portable oxygen tanks and a breathing mask. Someone advised him to try Serrapeptase and maybe ease up on the steroids.

His turnaround was dramatic.

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The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment
Serrapeptase: The ‘Miracle’ Enzyme

In February 2006, The ‘Miracle’ Enzyme, Serrapeptase, cleared my lungs and freed me from the tyranny of the ‘toxic cocktail’, known as prescription medication. Serrapeptase was the catalyst for My Serrapeptase Adventure, which set me on the path to improving, naturally sustained good health and led me to call myself: The Health-Care Survivor.

Serrapeptase was originally found in the silkworm where it is naturally present in its intestine. This immunologically active enzyme is completely bound to the alpha 2 macroglobulin in biological fluids. Histologic studies reveal powerful anti-inflammatory effects of this naturally occurring enzyme. The silkworm has a special relationship with the Serratia E15 micro-organisms in its intestines. The enzymes secreted by the bacteria in silkworm intestines have the ability to dissolve avital tissue, but have no detrimental effect on the host’s living cells. Thus by dissolving the silkworm’s protective cocoon (avital tissue), the winged creature is able to emerge and fly away.

The mechanisms of action of Serrapeptase, at the sites of various inflammatory processes consist fundamentally of a reduction of the exudative phenomena and an inhibition of the release of the inflammatory mediators. This peptidase induces fragmentation of fibrinous aggregates and reduces the viscosity of exudates, thus facilitating drainage of these products of the inflammatory response and thereby promoting the tissue repair process. Studies suggest that Serrapeptase has a modulatory effect on specific acute phase proteins that are involved in the inflammatory process. This is substantiated by a report of significant reductions in C3 and C4 complement, increases in opsonising protein and reductions in concentrations of haptoglobin, which is a scavenger protein that inhibits lysosomal protease.

It is known that proteases and peptidases are only absorbed in the intestinal area. These enzymes are mobilised directly to the blood and are not easily detectable in urine. Other enzymes with structural similarities have been reported to be absorbed through the intestinal tract. Chymotrypsin is transported into the blood from the intestinal lumen. Horseradish peroxidase can cross the mucosal barrier of the intestine in a biologically and immunologically active form. Several studies have appeared so far which refer to the systemic effects of orally given proteases and peptidases (e.g. Serrapeptase), such as repression of oedema and repression of blood vessel permeability induced by histamine or bradykinin. These enzymes also affect the kallikrein-kinin system and the complement system, thus modifying the inflammatory response.

In vitro and in vivo studies reveal that Serrapeptase has a specific, anti-inflammatory effect, superior to that of other proteolytic enzymes. A review of the scientific literature, including a series of controlled, clinical trials with large patient groups, suggests that Serrapeptase is useful for a broad range of inflammatory conditions. If one considers the fact that anti-inflammatory agents are among the most widely prescribed drugs, the use of a safe, proteolytic enzyme such as Serrapeptase would be a welcome addition to the physician’s armamentarium of physiologic agents

The discovery of this unique biological phenomenon led researchers to study a wide range of clinical applications of the Serrapeptase enzyme in man.

HealthPoint: The Benefits Of Acupuncture Without Needles

HealthPoint continues to bring me many of the benefits of traditional acupuncture, in the privacy of my own home, and whenever I choose. without needles.

HealthPoint, with the aid of the advanced location system, helps you to accurately locate acupuncture Points.

Of all traditional healing methods, acupuncture is the most widely accepted in the West – with 2,000 years of history and significant recent compelling evidence that its theories are wonderfully effective. Stimulation of acupoints with needles, massage or electro-pulses – is now a common treatment for a variety of painful conditions.

There are many published maps of the body’s acupuncture points (by far the best guide is Mastering Acupuncture – Simply a Safer Way) but actually locating those exact points on the body is, in practical terms, very difficult. Even experienced masters are only about 90% accurate in finding a precise acupoint needed to treat a given condition. However, all that has changed – with HealthPoint, designed with Dr Julian Kenyon MD, founder of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

HealthPoint is a compact, battery-powered, hand-held device with a built-in detector that senses the low electrical resistance of an acupuncture point. When the tip is within 0.5 mm of an acupoint, the visual and audio indicators confirm that you have found the point… with an accuracy that surpasses even the highly trained. Then, with the touch of a button, you will feel a definite tingling sensation only on the correct point. Use HealthPoint to enjoy the powerful benefits of acupuncture… safely, simply, with no needles, no drugs, and no side effects.

For more information, see: 2006: The Year I Got My Life Back!

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